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Ukraine/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

The Ukrainian legislative base concerning the film industry is based on ca. 50 laws and by-laws. The Law on Cinematography regulates all film productions regardless of the legal / ownership status of individual film companies.

There are 5 state-run film studios in Ukraine. On the basis of the Law on the Privatisation of State Property (1992), most cinemas are now privatised or run by communities. In 2011, according to data of the newly established State Film Agency, more than 400 modern cinema theatres functioned in Ukraine. According to data of the State Film Agency, there are now 384 cinema theatres that are exempted from VAT by the end of 2015. The revenue from film showings increased in 2014 by 12% compared with 2013, to UAH 940 million. However, films of national production received only 2.5% from this amount.

Another problem, according to the State Film Agency, is the low rate of cinema visits in Ukraine: the average Ukrainian visits the cinema 0.44 time per year, which is the lowest rate in Europe. 

Table 6:     Films created with state support in 2009-2013

Types of films

Number by years

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Features

6

-

4

11

20

Animation

-

9

8

37

19

Documentary

7

-

3

9

15

Source:     State Film Service of Ukraine, 2013.


Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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